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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Trinity is Two at Park Lane

Sales at locally owned jewellery store celebrate 24 months

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Get yourself down to the Spring Garden location of Trinity Jewellers (Park Lane Mall, 5657 Spring Garden Road, 446-7901) in the next two weeks to take advantage of their having been in business there for two years. You'll find selected merchandise going for 20 to 60 percent off. It’s summer! Buy your honey a ring!
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Learn to Surf!

DaCane Surf Shop offers classes

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

If you want to get out on the waves, you can now receive some real instruction from the people who know at the DaCane Surf Shop (5239 Blowers Street, 431-7873). Here’s the deal: The “Learn to Surf Clinic” is held every Tuesday evening through the summer and runs an hour and a half. For just $19.99 (per person/per lesson) you get all the rental equipment you need as well as in-water instruction. For an additional $10 you get a ride to and from the beach. Call the store or email info@dacanesurfshop.com to register. You might even learn how to hang five, or even 10, by the end of the lesson.
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Outside The Lines to close

Quinpool bookstore bids goodbye at the end of June

Posted By on Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Shoptalk has learned that Outside The Lines: Books for Critical Minds (6265 Quinpool Road, 422-3544) is closing, with June 30 the final day doors will be open. Owner Bob Haywood sent an email to customers and friends explaining that the bookstore, specializing in philosophical, political and university texts, has been a money-losing proposition for some time. Anyone who is able to come by the store before Thursday will find big discounts on everything in the store.
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Nova Scotia's take on the latest G8 fashions

Local designers develop a collection for G8 women that doesn't include combat boots.

Posted By on Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 9:37 PM

This weekend a few Toronto clothing stores took a shit-kicking (literally) in Toronto thanks to protesters/anarchists/vandals/shit-for-brains (pick your name, depending on what side you're on), including American Apparel, which had police-horse crap thrown inside the store. Not to make light of a horrible situation, but those American Apparel high-waisted, pleated pants are a fashion crime. Anyway, while bloggers and journalists, conspiracy theorists and conservatives all scrutinize photos of anarchist boots, I totally forgot about this release, which I received last week. It's a campaign to promote four Nova Scotian fashion designers.

Coordinated through Nova Scotia Business Inc., the Craft Alliance and the NS Designer Crafts Council,, Michique, Donna Hiebert, LouLou Bell and Glass Harp Gallery created collections "inspired" by Carla, Michelle, Samantha, Laureen, Nobuko, Margarida, Angela, Svetlana and Geertrui. Note that these are all wives of the politicians, except for Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel, the only woman involved in the G8 talks.

These are all talented designers, but something about this doesn't feel quite right, in terms of a marketing campaign. Even though I'd love to dress Carla Bruni-Sarkozy—personally, I'd put her in a Veronica MacIsaac dress—or Michelle Obama in Turbine, it just doesn't seem like the right event for promoting our fashion. There are worldwide crises and issues getting buried in all the noise. Even the Globe can't resist running a who's hot, who's not G8 style guide.

On a local, practical point, I'd love to see business associations developing more buy-local fashion promotions, as well as an Atlantic fashion council instead of imagining collections for a controversial political event.

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Prop Unique opens

New photography studio for rent

Posted By on Sun, Jun 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Heads up pro and amateur photogs, a new studio space called Prop Unique (5571 Cunard Street, Suite 204, 223-8815) is now open to you for reasonable rates. You’ll also find an inventory of interesting and odd props available for rent in the studio or on location. (From the look of the website---propunique.com---there are chandeliers, couches and children available.) Visit the site or give the studio a call for more information. Office hours are 10am-6pm Tuesday–Sunday.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

East Coast Lips open wide

Halifax clothing company celebrate 10 years with a retail location

Posted By on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Tonight, June 26, if you go down to the Paragon you’re sure of a big surprise. After 10 years in the skate/surf/snow apparel scene, local clothing designers East Coast Lips, run by Nigel Lutes and Craig Hamilton, are having a party to mark the decade, with an all-star hip hop show including Phakt, R$ $mooth, Gordski, Dave Stiles, and Jay Bizzy. And of particular interest to Shoptalk, EC Lips will be opening a retail location on Saturday July 3 at 2411 Agricola Street, which will feature both their clothing as well as merch by the artists they collaborate with. Swing on by there on the weekend for all your shirt, hat and hoodie needs.
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Street Market Sunday

Gottingen Street Market opens

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 4:00 AM

A summery thing to do withy your Sunday would be to wander down Gottingen, near the corner of Cunard and outside Alterego’s Cafe (2193 Gottingen Street, 431-3170) from noon until 2pm. There you’ll find the new Gottingen Street Market, featuring a live DJ, art, clothes, crafts and lots of food. Make Gottingen Street part of your Sunday. You won’t regret it.
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Christina Martin and Pistacia team up

Two artists show their stuff at Love, Me Boutique

Posted By on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 4:00 AM

In an interesting cross-modal collaboration, artist/designer Tacha Reed (she creates under the name Pistacia) and musician Christina Martin have come up with a selection of one-of-a-kind wool and feathery earrings, which will be on offer at Love, Me Boutique (1539 Birmingham Street, 444-3668). To anoint the launch of these new creations, Martin will perform at the shop on Saturday, July 10. Visit lovemeboutique.wordpress.com for more information, or Reed’s blog at pistaciapages.blogspot.com.
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Uniformly impressed

Decode the Fleet Week navy uniform, from sub-lieutenants to officers.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 4:00 AM

This week the city will be hit with a barrage of sailors roaming its streets. Civilians aren't required to know and adhere to any of the ranking positions. We won't be called out for not addressing someone as lieutenant or not giving due respect for the type of lieutenant he or she is, but it's still great to have some idea of who you're dealing with while sidling up to some homesick sailor across the bar. It's a great way to impress, if nothing else.

The first thing to note in the Canadian Navy is that you can recognize a commissioned officer by the stripes, or horizontal bars on their sleeve. The more bars, and the thicker the bars, the higher the rank. This year a loop, the executive curl, has been reinstated at the top of the bars. For years, the executive curl was only used for navy mess dress, but as a part of the centennial celebrations, June 11, the curl came back. This change also affects the rank of commodore up to the rank of admiral (It'll take awhile, though, to make it on all uniforms); the sleeve insignia had one solid bar, but it now has multiple bars, similar to the lower ranking officers.

More important, however, for these higher-ups is their shoulder insignia, which has an image of St. Edward's crown, a crossed sabre and baton and the same number of maple leafs as each ranking would have of bars on their new sleeve insignia.

For the lower ranking officers, one bar represents acting sub-lieutenant, a thin bar, with a thicker executive curl bar above it for sub-lieutenant, two bars for lieutenant, three, with a thin bar in the middle for lieutenant-commander, three for commander and four for captain.

The non-commissioned members and officers have a different type of insignia. You'll recognize the upper ranks by the coat of arms of Canada for the chief petty officer first class rank, the St Edward's Crown with a laurel for the next rank down and the crown without a laurel for the one below that. The lower non-commissioned rankings all have inverted chevrons with the higher ranks having a maple leaf above the chevrons. Three chevrons and a leaf for petty officer second class, two and a leaf for master seaman, two for leading seaman and one for able seaman.

Sailors from other countries generally have very similar insignia, although there are variations. Have an idea of the Canadian system and that's a good starting point for recognizing the rank of other nations. As far as recognizing what country sailors are from, if they don't have a flag somewhere on their uniform, getting familiar with various countries' hats is often a good clue. Also, sometimes sailors from the Commonwealth tradition will have the name of their ship on their cap, and knowing that is another good way to impress with knowledge of their dress.

Check out our Fleet Week events listings!

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Barrington Street love

Jay Wells celebrates 10 years in business

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 4:00 AM

If you’ve been buy the former Timmy’s location at Barrington and Sackville, you must have seen the sign for a new Starbucks going in there. That has to be good news for the life of the street. Jay Wells Salon (1673 Barrington Street, 422-3532) is also celebrating a decade in business, having moved to Barrington and now happily ensconced there. From his beginnings studying at Dalhousie in costume design to more recent days as a star in the beauty biz, his success continues: Congrats to Jay Wells.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Yoga Loft closing

Local yoga studio to shut its doors in six weeks

Posted By on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Yup, after leaving many folks breathing and moving and feeling better, including yours truly, The Yoga Loft (5663 Cornwallis Street, 429-3330), a multiple winner of The Best of Halifax readers' poll awards, is closing its doors on July 28, citing financial reasons. Single classes will be only $10 until the final shivasna.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Zephyr Rug and Home offers major discounts

Furniture sale this week

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Zephyr Rug and Home (6232 Quinpool Road, 446-4622) is having a sale until June 26. You’ll get 15 percent off all in-stock living room items and 10 percent off all custom order living room stuff. Maybe you’ll find that excellent sofa to bring a whole room together.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Laura Chenoweth’s hot pink summer clothes

Local designer hosts another trunk show in the north end

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 4:00 AM

The Summer Love Clothing & Fashion Sale is happening at Heroine (5775 Charles Street) on Thursday June 17, Friday June 18 and Saturday June 19, from 11am to 6pm. Expect Laura Chenoweth’s typically gorgeous work to be available, including the very season-sensitive cap-sleeve tops, pink belts, chiffon scarves and organic flannel meterage. Deals abound! Visit her website for more information on her designs.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Strangerer and strangerer

Strange Adventures comic bookstore new location opening in Dartmouth

Posted By on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 4:00 AM

“I view myself as a Johnny Appleseed,” says comic store kingpin Cal Johnston “I’d like to travel the world opening comic stores.” And so he is---with his first new location in many years, which will be his third, counting his Fredericton store. You'll find Strange Adventures #3 at 101 Portland Street, 444-2140, and open on Saturday, June 19 at noon. Expect to have a number of comic creators in-store for signing, including local stars Steve McNiven, Darwyn Cooke and The Coast’s own Faith Erin Hicks. The new store will be cozy, only 500 square feet, and will feature plenty of older, vintage material and back issues, along with the new stuff. “I’m going back to my roots,” says Johnston, who says it feels like when he started his other stores, just him and a bunch of comics and toys. “I need the space, we have so many comics and nowhere to put them. It’s like I’ve moved my office to Dartmouth.” The opening falls on the day after Strange Adventures (Halifax) hosts its semi-regular Ladies Night, and the store also has a colouring contest on now, where the prize is $2,500 in gift certificates (visit strangeadventures.com and click on the blog).
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Big book sale

Outside the Lines brings in summer with a sale

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Though it’s well-known for course texts and serious political and philosophical books that make you go “hmmm,” Outside The Lines (6265 Quinpool Road, 422-3544), which Shoptalk recently reported is now open on Sundays, also has a selection of more mainstream reads as well. You may wish to keep this in mind as the store is ushering in what we hope to be a dry and sunny summer with a 25 percent off sale on (almost) everything through the end of June. That includes new and used, adult and children’s reading, cards, t-shirts, posters and co-operative games. (There are a few sale exceptions in the university texts, which you should inquire about in-store.)
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